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4 children drown after falling into icy river in north China

12-05-2011 16:58 BJT

TAIYUAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Four children have drowned in a river in the northern province of Shanxi, local authorities said Monday.

The children, aged 6 to 12, were reported missing Sunday afternoon, and were confirmed dead Monday morning after being lifted from an ice-covered river, said a rescuer with the Tuci district fire control department in the city of Jinzhong.

Local villagers found one child alive in the Xiaohe River near the village of Yuanwo at 7 a.m. Monday, but the child died later in hospital, and fire fighters retrieved the lifeless bodies of the other three at 8 a.m. Monday, the rescuer said.

Rescuers found a hole, with the diameter of two meters, in the ice of the river surface, and used ice breaking equipment to retrieve the bodies, he said.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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